Gary Lineker hits out at Suella Braverman in Remembrance Day protest row

Minister on pro-Palestine march on Remembrance weekend

Gary Lineker hit back at Suella Braverman after she warned against a “hate march” on Remembrance Day.

The Home Secretary took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to condemn the pro-Palestine protests demanding a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas conflict planned in central London on November 11

She said: “It is entirely unacceptable to desecrate Armistice Day with a hate march through London.

“If it goes ahead there is an obvious risk of serious public disorder, violence and damage as well as giving offence to millions of decent British people.

“I have full confidence in the Metropolitan Police to ensure public safety and take all factors into account as they have done in similar situations in the past.”

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But Match of the Day presenter Lineker, who is the BBC’s highest-paid star, took issue with Mrs Braverman branding it a “hate march”.

The football pundit said: “Marching and calling for a ceasefire and peace so that more innocent children don’t get killed is not really the definition of a hate march.”

Lineker, who is known for wading into politics, sparked a BBC impartiality row in March after he took to social media to slam the Government’s illegal immigration crackdown and compare language used to that of Nazi Germany.

He was responding to a video posted by the Home Office of Mrs Braverman discussing the Illegal Migration Bill.

New social media rules in the wake of the storm allow high-profile presenters outside of news and current affairs to express personal views on issues but they must stop short of political campaigning.

Lineker’s latest post was shared by the Left-wing activist Owen Jones, who earlier in the day warned that demonstrators would turn out in “even greater numbers” if the rally planned for November 11 is banned.

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The Home Secretary’s comments this afternoon came after Prime Minister Rishi Sunak condemned the “provocative and disrespectful” rally in a separate statement.

Thousands of demonstrators demanding a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war are set to take to the streets of London on November 11, sparking fears events commemorating the nation’s war dead could be disrupted.

Mr Sunak said: “To plan protests on Armistice Day is provocative and disrespectful, and there is a clear and present risk that the Cenotaph and other war memorials could be desecrated, something that would be an affront to the British public and the values we stand for.

“The right to remember, in peace and dignity, those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for those freedoms must be protected.

“I have asked the Home Secretary to support the Met Police in doing everything necessary to protect the sanctity of Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday.”

The Met Police has vowed to use all its powers to stop disruption of Remembrance events.

It said officers will be deployed across the capital that weekend as part of a “significant policing and security operation”.

The force said protest groups have not indicated plans to march on Remembrance Sunday on November 12, but a large demonstration is expected on the Saturday.

Organisers of the rally have pledged to avoid the Whitehall area where the Cenotaph war memorial – the focus of national remembrance events – is located.

It follows a succession of weekend protests in London in the wake of Hamas’s attack on Israel on October 7.

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